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Jun 08 2016

June 8: Watch for Downtown Peregrines

Fledge watchers Downtown at Third Ave, 7 June 2016 (photo by John English)

Fledge watchers Downtown at Third Ave, 7 June 2016 (photo by John English)

I will be Downtown 11:25am-to-12:30pm.

John English will be at Schenley Fledge Watch at noon.

Please stop by Downtown Fledge Watch any time and check for peregrines on the ground. If you find one, corral it to a safe zone and call the PGC “rescue” number: 724-238-9523.

As you can see there’s a pretty side of the street (above) and the dumpster side of the street (below).

 

News of the Downtown peregrines:

As of June 7 at 2:00pm: 3 had fledged, 1 was still in the nest. One of the three had been rescued and was 19 stories up at Lawrence Hall. Both parents visible.

As of June 8, 7:30am:  Lori Maggio reports that two of the fledglings are two stories up and whining loudly at the gated area behind Dollar Bank. They’re begging for food. My guess is that their parents are refusing to feed them until they fly up higher.  This is a noisy test of wills which the older generation will eventually win.  The “kids” have to learn to stay up high.

 

… Yesterday John English caught us by the dumpsters looking at our cellphones.  Yoy!

Fledge watchers Downtown, 7 June 2016 (photo by John English)

Fledge watchers Downtown, 7 June 2016 (photo by John English)

 

(photos by John English)

UPDATE, June 8, 8:30am:  Photo from Lori Maggio, two fledglings at back of Dollar Bank. Today’s gusty winds may keep these birds low today.  SEE ABOVE FOR THE REASON WHY THEY’RE WHINING.

Two peregrine fledglings at back of Dollar Bank, 8 June 2016, 7:30am (photo by Lori Maggio)

Two peregrine fledglings at back of Dollar Bank, 8 June 2016, 7:30am (photo by Lori Maggio)

UPDATE AT 12:20pm: All 4 have fledged. Rescue Porch bird flew to top of Art Institute (good job!). Another fledgling is perched at a blue window approx 7 floors up on Smithfield Street above Crazy Mocha. Haven’t seen the other two yet. (We try to locate all of them but it’s impossible this stage.) As I left Fledge Watch, Lori Maggio and Dallas DiLeo are on site.

NO CHANGE as of 4:30pm except Art Institute bird flew to Pioneer Hall (corner of Wood and Blvd of the allies) on the Wood Street side. 5 stories up on an arch. Only 2 are visible.

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Jun 08 2016

She Turned Brown

Peregrine chick, C1, at 32 days old, 31 May 2016 (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

Female peregrine chick at 32 days old, 31 May 2016 (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

The peregrine chick at the Cathedral of Learning, C1, has changed a lot in the past week.

On May 31 she was mostly white.  Now (June 7) she’s mostly brown.  C1 has grown her juvenile plumage and preened away at lot of the down.

Pitt peregrine chick at 39 days old, 7 June 2016 (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

Female peregrine chick at 39 days old, 7 June 2016 (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

Yesterday she was 39 days old, the age at which male peregrine chicks often fledge at the Cathedral of Learning. However, females fly a few days later than the males because they are 1/3 larger and heavier.  It will be several more days before C1 flies.

When she walks off camera she’ll fledge in (typically) 2-5 days.

 

(photos from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

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Jun 07 2016

Downtown Rescue #1

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Peregrine on Wood Street or 4th Ave (photo by Amanda McGuire)

Peregrine on Wood Street or 4th Ave (photo by Amanda McGuire)

Peregrine Fledge Watch was exciting this morning in Downtown Pittsburgh.  This bird was rescued after walking down Wood Street and turning the corner to 4th Avenue.

Right now he’s in custody at Animal Control. PGC’s Officer Bergman is on his way.  If this peregrine is in good condition he’ll be up on the rescue porch soon.

Reminder: Schenley Plaza Fledge Watch is cancelled today.  I will be Downtown noon to 1:00pm

 

(photo by Amanda McGuire)

p.s. At first I misheard Officer Bergman’s name & thought it was “Byrd.”  Oops!  Typo corrected.

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Jun 07 2016

June 7 Fledge Watch: Downtown, NOT at Schenley!

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Downtown Pittsburgh peregrine fledgling , 6 June 2016 (photo by Lori Maggio)

Downtown Pittsburgh peregrine fledgling , 6 June 2016 (photo by Lori Maggio)

SCHENLEY PLAZA WATCH IS CANCELLED TODAY, JUNE 7.

Instead, I will be Downtown noon-to-1:00pm.

(see below for more info)

News of Downtown’s peregrines, June 6:
Two of the four nestlings fledged yesterday.  We found them at noon perched like bookends on the Boulevard of the Allies, 8-stories high on the corners of Lawrence Hall and Point Park Student Center.

In the evening Lori Maggio found both on Lawrence Hall and one of them was only 2.5 stories up on the Boulevard side.  I hope he flies high today.

The remaining two nestlings are still at the nest. My guess is they’re both female.

Remaining two peregrine nestlings at the Third Ave nest, 6 June 2016 (photo by Lori Maggio)

Remaining two peregrine nestlings at the Third Ave nest, 6 June 2016 (photo by Lori Maggio)

 

News from the Cathedral of Learning, June 6:
C1 is browner and has lost more down but she’s still days behind the Downtown nestlings.  Yesterday she graduated to the perching phase.  There’s not much to see from Schenley Plaza.  All the action is still on camera.

C1 exercises her wings at the front perch, 6 June 2016 (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

C1 exercises her wings at the front perch, 6 June 2016 (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

 

Status of Fledge Watch, Tuesday June 7 & 8:

I can’t be in two places at once and the Downtown peregrines are in need of watchers so I won’t be at Schenley.

Schenley Plaza Fledge Watch is cancelled today, June 7 (and probably tomorrow June 8, too).

Check the Events page for updates every day.

 

(photos of Downtown peregines by Lori Maggio.  Webcam photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

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Jun 07 2016

9 Places To Watch Peregrines in Western PA

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View of Downtown Pittsburgh from Mt.Washington, June 2016 (photo by Kate St.John)

View of Downtown Pittsburgh from Mt.Washington, June 2016 (photo by Kate St.John)

Did you know there are 9 places to watch peregrine falcons in western Pennsylvania?  Here’s where to find them in early June.

 

1. Downtown Pittsburgh (map of viewing location):  Only one pair of peregrines owns all of downtown Pittsburgh where they’ve nested since 1991, originally at the Gulf Tower.  This month we confirmed the Downtown parents are still Dori (Akron, OH, 2007) and Louie (Pitt, 2002).  They have 4 nestlings on Third Avenue that are leaving the nest this week.  Visit soon or you’ll miss them.  Click here for more information.

 

2.  Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh (map of viewing location):

Cathedral of Learning (photo by Kate St. John)

Cathedral of Learning (photo by Kate St. John)

The Cathedral of Learning is the only western Pennsylvania peregrine nest with a webcam.  The site has been home to peregrines since their first nesting attempt in 2001.  This year Hope (Hopewell, VA, 2008) and Terzo (Cincinnati, OH, 2013) have one nestling who’s due to fledge this week. Visit Schenley Plaza to watch.  Check the Events page for dates & times when I’ll be there, too.

 

3. Westinghouse Bridge (map of viewing location):

Westinghouse Bridge (photo by Kate St. John)

Westinghouse Bridge (photo by Kate St. John)

The Westinghouse Bridge carries Route 30 over Turtle Creek and has been home to peregrine falcons since at least 2010.  The male at this site is George (Cobb Island, VA, 2006) but in late April the female, Storm, lost a territorial battle to an unbanded juvenile female.  As of May 16 the new couple did not appear to be nesting but that may change.  The best place to watch is on Elder Street underneath the E.Pittsburgh-McKeesport Bridge.

 

4. McKees Rocks Bridge (map of bridge location):

McKees Rocks Bridge (photo by Robert Strovers on Wikimedia Commons)

McKees Rocks Bridge (photo by Robert Strovers on Wikimedia Commons)

Peregrine falcons have nested at the McKees Rocks Bridge since at least 2008 but their nest is hard to find because the bridge is so big.  During the nesting season watch for peregrines perched on the bridge or on power towers on either side of the river.  Viewing locations are a challenge.  Let us know if you find a good one.

 

5. Neville Island I-79 Bridge (map of viewing locations):

Neville Island I-79 Bridge (photo by Robert Stovers on Wikimedia Commons)Neville Island I-79 Bridge (photo by Robert Stovers on Wikimedia Commons)

Neville Island I-79 Bridge (photo by Robert Stovers on Wikimedia Commons)

This bridge has been home to peregrines since at least 2012 when a fledgling was found swimming in the Ohio River below.  Last year the pair was confirmed to be Beau (Pitt, 2010) and Magnum (Canton, OH, 2010) but may have changed.  Their nest this year is over the center of the river facing the north shore.  Watch them from these viewing locations.

 

6. Monaca-E.Rochester Bridge (map of viewing area):

Monaca East Rochester Bridge, 2012(photo by PGC WCO Steve Leiendecker)

Monaca East Rochester Bridge, 2012(photo by PGC WCO Steve Leiendecker)

Only one pair of peregrines owns the Beaver-Monaca-E.Rochester territory but they move their nest year to year.  Some years it’s on the big black railroad bridge from Monaca to Beaver.  This year it’s under the deck of the Monaca – East Rochester Bridge that carries Rt 51 over the Ohio River.  They’re easy to see from these viewing locations.

 

7. Tarentum Bridge (map of viewing location):

Tarentum Bridge, Allegheny River, 2 June 2012 (photo by Kate St. John)

Tarentum Bridge, Allegheny River, 2 June 2012 (photo by Kate St. John)

Peregrine falcons have nested at the Tarentum Bridge over the Allegheny River since at least 2010.  Because the nests were in cubbyholes over open water a nest box was provided in early 2015.  This spring there are new adults at the site but we don’t know their identities. However they’re easy to see at the Tarentum public boat launch. Are they nesting?

 

8. The Graff Bridge, Kittanning Route 422 (map of bridge):

U.S. Route 422 bridge over the Allegheny River at Kittanning, PA (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Western approach to Route 422 at Kittanning, PA (photo by S.Lukens via Wikimedia Commons)

Southwestern Pennsylvania’s newest pair of peregrines has taken up residence at the Judge Graff Bridge that carries Route 422 over the Allegheny River near Kittanning.  I’ve not been to the site yet so I can’t give you tips on the best viewing location.  If you know where to see them, please leave a comment with the answer.

 

9. Erie, PA Waterfront (map of viewing location):

DonJon Shipbuilding, Erie, PA (photo linked from donjonshipbuilding.com)

DonJon Shipbuilding, Erie, PA (photo linked from donjonshipbuilding.com)

Peregrines have been in Erie, PA for at least five years but no one knew where they nested until a fledgling was found inside the Donjon Shipyard building in 2014.  Nomad (Cleveland, 2008) and an unbanded female are nesting inside the big white building pictured above.  You can see them perched nearby or flying in the vicinity from this viewing location.

 

Early June is a great time to watch peregrine falcons in western Pennsylvania.  It’s time to get outdoors.

 

(photo credits:
Downtown Pittsburgh, Cathedral of Learning, Westinghouse Bridge, Tarentum Bridge by Kate St. John
McKees Rocks Bridge, Neville Island I-79 Bridge by Robert Stovers via Wikimedia Commons
Monaca-E.Rochester Bridge by PGC WCO Steve Leiendecker
Judge Graff Bridge by S.Lukens via Wikimedia Commons
Donjon Shipbuilding linked from donjonshipbuilding.com
)

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Jun 06 2016

First Downtown Peregrine Has Fledged!

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Downtown fledgling, 6 June 2016 (screen capture by Lori Maggio)

Downtown fledgling, 6 June 2016, 7am (screen capture by Lori Maggio)

Lori Maggio reports that this morning (June 6, 2016) one of the Downtown peregrine nestlings has fledged.  At 7:00am he was perched seven stories up on Lawrence Hall, across the street from the nest.

Three peregrine youngsters at the Third Ave nest opening, 4 June 2016 (photo by Lori Maggio)

Three peregrine youngsters at the Third Ave nest opening, 4 June 2016 (photo by Lori Maggio)

If you’re in the area, stop by and check for peregrines.  The clue to finding one is this: Watch their parents.  The parents look at the fledgling a lot!

If you see a young peregrine standing on the ground he’ll have to be rescued by the PA Game Commission (PGC) and placed up high to start again.  Keep this PGC “rescue” number handy: 724-238-9523

I’m not sure I can make it but … I’ll try to be at Third Avenue at lunchtime today, noon to 1:00pm.  (Here’s the map.)

 

(photo by Lori Maggio)

UPDATE AT 11:18am: Second peregrine fledged, landed on building on Blvd of Allies directly across the street from the first fledgling. They are both about 8 stories up, perched on the corner of flat-topped roofs.

UPDATE AT 2:20pm: No change. 2 fledglings perched high on buildings on the Blvd of the Allies between Smithfield and Wood St. 2 nestlings remain at the nest. Adults perched or flying nearby.

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Jun 04 2016

June 4: Downtown Today at 11

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Adult peregrine falcon near Third Ave nest, Downtown Pittsburgh, 3 June 2016 (photo by John English)

Adult peregrine falcon near Third Ave nest, Downtown Pittsburgh, 3 June 2016 (photo by John English)

It was great to see everyone yesterday at Downtown Peregrine Fledge Watch.

I’ll be on Third Avenue today from 11:00am to noon … unless it storms.

 

(photo by John English)

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Jun 03 2016

Lunchtime Today, June 3

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Four chicks at the Third Avenue peregine nest, 2 June 2016 (photo by Lori Maggio)

Four chicks at the Third Avenue peregine nest, 2 June 2016 (photo by Lori Maggio)

I’ll be Downtown today, Friday June 3, from 12:15pm to 1:00pm at the Third Avenue peregrine watch site.

I hope to see all four youngsters at the nest as Lori Maggio did yesterday.

Maybe I’ll see you there, too.

(photo by Lori Maggio)

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Jun 02 2016

Rewarding Views of the Third Avenue Peregrines

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Two peregrine chicks at Third Avenue nest, 1 June 2016 (photo by Lori Maggio)

Two peregrine chicks at Third Avenue nest, 1 June 2016 (photo by Lori Maggio)

All Peregrines All The Time …   😉

Yesterday was a good day for peregrine watching in Downtown Pittsburgh as you can see from Lori Maggio’s photos.

Two of the four peregrine chicks were often perched at the Third Avenue ledge.  When I stopped by for half an hour at 10:30am I saw 5 out of the 6 family members — three chicks and both parents.

Two peregrine chicks at Third Avenue nest, 1 June 2016 (photo by Lori Maggio)

Two peregrine chicks at Third Avenue nest, 1 June 2016 (photo by Lori Maggio)

In the photo above, the bird on the right is whining (or “screeching”) for attention.  If you listen carefully you can hear these youngsters above the roar of nearby construction.

On Friday and Saturday I’ll be Downtown at the Third Avenue watch site (see map here) at the times listed below.  Stop by to chat or for information on what to do in case of a rescue.

  • Friday June 3, 12:15pm to 1:00pm
  • Saturday June 4, 11:00am to 11:45am

Keep the PA Game Commission “rescue” number handy: 724-238-9523

 

(photos by Lori Maggio)

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Jun 01 2016

Visit Third Avenue: Peregrine Fledge Watch

Peregrine chick at the Third Avenue nest, 31 May 2016 (photo by Peter Bell)

Peregrine chick at the Third Avenue nest, 31 May 2016 (photo by Peter Bell)

Thanks to everyone who stopped by Third Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh to check on the peregrine nest site.  Keep up the good work.  We’ve learned there are four chicks in the nest and at least two will fly this week.

Downtown Fledge Watch has begun!

Yesterday afternoon John English and Peter Bell captured photos of the first chick whining at the nest opening and exercising his wings.

Wing exercise -- a peregrine chick flaps at the Third Avenue nest (photo by Peter Bell)

Wing exercise — a peregrine chick flaps at the Third Avenue nest (photo by Peter Bell)

This morning Doug Cunzolo and Lori Maggio saw two youngsters perched there.

Because this nest is only 12 stories high, these birds will need our help.

In the first 24 hours of flight, young peregrines lack the wing strength to take off from the ground.  If they land on the street they just stand there and may be hit by vehicles.  If you see a peregrine on the ground call the PA Game Commission (PGC) at 724-238-9523.  If you can safely do so, carefully corral and guard the bird until PGC arrives.

Rather than a formal schedule, just stop by Third Avenue whenever you can (see map). This photo by John English shows you where to look once you get there (yellow arrow). The red arrow shows an adult on a small windowsill above the nest.

Peregrine nest site at Third Avenue. Adult in small window above the nest (photo by John English)

Peregrine nest site at Third Avenue (yellow arrow). Adult in small window above the nest (red arrow). [photo by John English]

On your way to Third Avenue keep this number handy: 724-238-9523.  The youngsters may land a few blocks away and you might get a very close look at a peregrine!

After the first chick flies, the process lasts about a week … so keep coming back.

Thanks to Point Park University for providing this year’s “rescue porch” on a balcony of Lawrence Hall.   Special thanks to Amanda McGuire, Maria and Caleb for the rescue porch arrangements.

 

(photos by Peter Bell and John English)

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